Fun Stuff

Pre-Travel Notes, Post-Mortem

Sitting in the hair salon a day before my trip, listening to a rousing round of American Idol trivia/chatter:
“So many of ‘em were a bunch of geeks, but boy, could some of those geeks sing!”
“Yeah, like Elliott (Yamin). When I first saw that guy, I thought, ‘Come on, you’re kidding me!’ But he turned out really good – and he was so cute with his Mom.”
(Me, unable to resist): “Yeah, you know…

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Submit Your ADA Questions Here

OK, folks, as I move into travel-prep mode for this week’s American Diabetes Association Conference and peruse my schedule, I am wondering how the heck to cover this sweeping event, whose sheer enormity made my head spin last year. On top of that, I’ve got a number of meetings planned that will keep me from attending a lot of the lecture sessions (even some that I really did want to hear!)
So here’s the Game…

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“The Diabetes Song” and Other Must-See D-Video

Have you heard of YouTube.com? It’s a place to post homemade videos, and thus “broadcast yourself” to the world. Just for fun, I decided to find out if anyone was making videos on the disease at hand — and guess what? They are!
Search for the term “diabetes” on that site, and you get an array of quick-flicks ranging from irreverant parodies of Wilford Brimley for the Big D to child’s diagnosis in claymation.
Do…

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Quilted!

In case you’re already a little disgusted with my generally cheery attitude about diabetes, please don’t gag. This is for a very good cause: Children with Diabetes (CWD). And my 8yr-old actually sewed on the buttons for me. In fact, she and I did a Happy Dance when it was finally complete, because this very little bit of sewing (I outsourced the actual patchwork) took me over 8 months to complete. That would be about…

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What Does Insulin Sound Like?

OK, this is nutty. I just discovered that a serious composer released a serious score that puts to music various biochemicals intrinsic to our bodies. Todd Barton has recorded “Insulin,” “Antibody” (HIV), and “Trypsin” (enzymes), to name a few.
His “Genome 1” composition, which put sound to DNA, was presented at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC, as part of the Human Genome Project a few years ago.
So what does insulin sound like? Unlucky for…

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